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Our daily practice - gyoji, the repetition of the exercise - is beyond space, time and karma, the adventure of the eternal moment.

Eishuku Monika Leibundgut

Zen nun Eishuku Monika Leibundgut was ordained as a Bodhisattva in 1986 and as a nun in 1988. She is a close disciple of Meiho Missen Michel Bovay, was his assistant for over 20 years and has been leading the Zen Dojo Zurich since his death as his designated successor, supported by other monks and nuns. In May 2012, she received Dharma transmission from Gu’en Yuko Okamoto at Teishoji Temple in Japan.

Gyoji means “the ceaseless repetition and continuation of practice”.

Introduction

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Every last Saturday of the month there is an approx. 2-hour introduction at 2.00 pm (except in July and December). Please arrive 10 minutes before the start and bring dark, comfortable clothes. No registration is necessary.

In addition, it is possible to receive an introduction before the Thursday evening Zazen at 6 pm, but only if you book in advance by telephone.

The price for the introduction including Zazen is 20 CHF.

Fuse

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Man always wants to possess: Money, recognition, power, love. Even in love he wants to possess the other. The ego wants for itself, to increase itself. And so many conflicts arise. Just as it possesses something, it must defend this, because in truth everything belongs to wholeness. To want to take for oneself is to declare war; to want to possess brings much suffering. We can use things, but we cannot own them. For even our body does not belong to us. When we die, it returns to the cosmos.
There are different ways of giving: materially, spiritually. The greatest gift happens without expecting anything back, when you forget who is giving, to whom you are giving and what you are giving. The true gift opens us and unites us with wholeness, without wasting a thought on benefit, mushotoku (without goal, without purpose).

Donations can be made to our postal account:
IBAN: CH 62 0900 0000 8002 8152 5

The Masters of our Tradition

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The Masters of our Tradition
11. September 2023

Buddha Shakyamuni

Become the master your mind or it will master you. - Buddha
The Masters of our Tradition
16. September 2023

Bodhidharma

Zen is a special transmission, outside of the scriptures. independent of letter and word. It directly shows the heart of the being: Grasping one's own nature and becoming Buddha. -…
The Masters of our Tradition
16. September 2023

Dogen

Understanding Zen means understanding oneself. Understanding oneself means forgetting oneself. Forgetting oneself means being one with the ten thousand things. - Dogen
The Masters of our Tradition
16. September 2023

Kodo Sawaki

In short, Zen is about you - your life, your reality. It is not about Gautama Buddha's life, nor is it about Master Dogen's life. Zen offers no extraordinary teachings…
The Masters of our Tradition
16. September 2023

Mokudo Taisen Deshimaru

To practise zazen in our confused world is to return to the true dimension of the human being, and to rediscover the fundamental balance of his existence. - Mokudo Taisen…
The Masters of our Tradition
16. September 2023

Meiho Missen Michel Bovay

The experience in zazen of this original, eternally existing Buddha mind is much more important than thinking about everyday life. For it is our inner state, our inner freedom, our…
The Masters of our Tradition
10. October 2023

Gu’en Yuko Okamoto

Even when the wind stops, the flowers fall one by one. In the deep silence and stillness of the mountain, a bird sings. - Kodo Sawaki (Calligraphy in Teishoji und…